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What does two minutes to midnight mean?

The symbolic Doomsday Clock, a measure of mankind’s proximity to global catastrophe, has been moved 30 seconds closer to the end of humanity.

While the clock takes into account nuclear risk, climate change and emerging technologies, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists focused on the nuclear landscape in its statement this year, setting the clock at two minutes to midnight.

Infographics journalists CEL GULAPA and CHNG CHOON HIONG explain what this means.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2018, with the headline 'What does two minutes to midnight mean?'. Print Edition | Subscribe